Friday, December 10, 2010

Peanut Brittle Birthday Cake


Its Papa's 60th Birthday and I know no better way to celebrate than to make a special birthday cake and dinner. Last year I made a super yummy chocolate peppermint cake for his 59th birthday. So I took this year as an opportunity to be adventurous. I asked my mother what his favorite flavor is and she told me Peanut Brittle. So I scoured the internet looking for a yummy Peanut Brittle Cake. I found a few different types with angel food cake or lady fingers. I settled on a mixture of a few recipes and my own ideas.

I started with a triple chocolate cake (a simple box mix and added some chocolate chips).

The frosting was the main event.
2 16 oz containers of ready-made vanilla frosting
1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter
Whipped the 2 ingredients in a bowl.

Top with
1 cup of finely crushed peanut brittle

The middle layer was simply the peanut butter frosting. Initially I was going to put crushed peanut brittle in the middle layer too. But in retrospect It would have been too sweet (although the extra crunch would have been a fun surprise). So I kept the crushed peanut brittle only for the topping.

My husband does not like sweets, but he loved this cake. As did the birthday-guy! I think I will mix peanut butter with frosting more often. It was super yummy.
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